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When it comes to the law, shipping, logistics and international trade are both areas that fall into a niche sector. Our understanding of shipping and international trade contracts and disputes goes well beyond our knowledge of the law and international conventions. We fully appreciate the importance of risk avoidance and brand protection with your trading partners and customers. Our marine solicitors understand these issues are fundamental to our role as legal advisors and be aware of the strategic, environmental and commercial challenges that shipping and trading companies increasingly face globally.

The movement of goods using multimodal contracts is certainly full of complications, and difficult disputes often arise. With different conventions controlling the transport of goods across Europe and internationally, good advice from reliable shipping lawyers really matters. And that’s exactly what we offer. Our shipping solicitors advise logistics providers, liner services, freight forwarders and transport companies on all matters relating to the movement of goods across Europe and around the world.

As with most businesses today, time is of the essence. With such short time frames regarding claims, you must seek advice as soon as possible. Our team are on hand to advise and guide you through. We are also supporting members of BIFA.

We are proud to be members of the National Workboat Association, our membership being a testament to our commitment to this sector. Our shipping and marine solicitors are familiar with and can advise on the many issues typically faced by workboat operators and suppliers.

We are proud to be an institutional supporter of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations by signing The Green Pledge. The campaign aims to reduce the carbon footprint of international arbitrations through behavioural change. We look forward to supporting this initiative and making a positive impact on the environment.

Why choose our marine law solicitors?

We are one of the few shipping and international trade teams based in offices outside of London with the expertise and experience to provide you with that specialist advice. Our commitment is to provide that high-quality service at competitive rates. We take pride in our advice and the support we offer, and client satisfaction lies at the heart of what we do.

As well as a top tier ranking for Shipping in The Legal 500 UK 2023, in the recent release of the Chambers and Partners UK 2023 Guide, our Shipping and Logistics team has once again achieved excellent rankings.

The team is ranked for Shipping (UK-wide) with a notable commentary by clients interviewed by Chambers stating that “Lester Aldridge has a strong team with in-depth marine legal expertise”. Another client said: “We are confident in Lester Aldridge’s ability to work on complex matters.”

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The specialist marine law team at Lester Aldridge LLP, LA Marine, is based on the south coast and is instructed by domestic and international clients on both transactional work and disputes. ‘Stand-out leader in the field‘ and contractual dispute specialist Linda Jacques is a key team member as well as practice head Russell Kelly, whose commercial shipping and leisure marine expertise sits alongside his superyacht sector knowledge. Commercial shipping expert Philippa Langton has also joined the team.Close quote
Shipping: South East - Top tier
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Lester Aldridge is capable of handling both wet and dry shipping matters. It acts for owners on a range of issues, with a particular focus on superyacht matters, such as collision liability, sale and purchase, and contract negotiations. The firm also maintains a strong maritime personal injury and marine regulation practice. The team's clients include marine insurers, port authorities and yacht owners.Close quote
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"Lester Aldridge has a strong team with in-depth marine legal expertise."

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I have worked with Linda [Jacques] on a number of complex legal disputes and issues that are important to us. She advises us on a wide breadth of legal issues on shipping and logistics issues. She is always extremely responsive and creative which as a business we appreciate. She gives us pragmatic and commercial options and valuable insight on issues, which are often complex and time sensitive. It is a real pleasure working with her.Close quote